The International Olympic Committee announced that Crosby has been named a Youth Olympic Games Ambassador for the first edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck from 13 to 22 January 2012.
Crosby will not be traveling to the Games and his duties will not interfere with his playing status for the Pens.
Crosby, who scored the gold-medal winning goal for his country at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, said he was honored to be named Ambassador and looks forward to providing guidance to young athletes around the world. The role of the Youth Olympic Games Ambassadors is to inspire and mentor the athletes competing at Innsbruck 2012, while encouraging young people worldwide to become more active in sport.
“It’s important that young athletes have the proper guidance and support in their early years,” Crosby said. “I have always tried to lead by example and be a positive role model for people. I hope my involvement in the first Winter Youth Olympic Games can help inspire the athletes and motivate them to be the best they can be in everything they do, not only during competition.”